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Globe Photos acquired at bankruptcy auction

A PAN EXCLUSIVE

Klaus Moeller the new owner of Globe seen here with his wife Shelle Moeller of Verisart

Globe Photos, one of the oldest and most complete editorial photo archives in the world, has been sold.
Klaus Moeller and partner Trey Watson alongside other investors made the purchase of the Globe Archive with several other collections including Frank Worth and Kim Goodwin in a recent bankruptcy auction.

• Globe Photos was founded in New York City in 1939.
• Globe has represented over 3,000 photographers over the past 75 years and has over 10 million images in its archive.
• Globe acquired the Retna USA assets in Jan 2019.

• ZUMA has an exclusive editorial licensing deal with the new owners at Globe.
• From what PAN can work out the agency was bankrupt in March 2020 – we reached out for information at the time but got only silence back.

PAN emailed with Klaus last week – he told us: “I have been in the photography business for 20 years and founded the Celebrity Vault Gallery in Beverly Hills where we represented many top photographers, Bert Stern, Terry O’Neill, Bob Willoughby to name a few.”
“I love the business and could not be any happier. Our main focus will be the selling of limited edition prints but we also plan gallery shows that will tour throughout the US; the first one being the Kim Goodwin collection of vintage Marilyn Monroe photos (Andre de Dienes, George Barris, etc.) I am absolutely in love with some of these Marilyn images!”

• More news from Globe soon here on PAN.

‘The’ Globe Photos book – on our Press Photo History project Instagram feed

Alan Smith – founder at UK photo library Topfoto told PAN: “The important  thing I know about them is that they syndicated Mr. Topham’s children in the trench picture in 1940 which was credited with creating such a wave of sympathy that it was a help in moving American public opinion in England’s favour.”

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